plural VIPs ˌvē-ˌī-ˈpēz How to pronounce VIP (audio)
: a person of great influence or prestige
especially : a high official with special privileges

Examples of VIP in a Sentence

I was treated like a VIP at the reception. the VIPs insisted on being seated in the restaurant's private dining room
Recent Examples on the Web Information about other levels of ticketing (VIP, etc.) will be released at a later date. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 The limited-time program won’t just be for VIP flyers, either. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 Behind the green is the VIP pavilion tent, dubbed the Patriots’ Outpost, that is sponsored by the Harbaugh Foundation. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 Adding to the value is the Vortex VIP lifetime warranty. T. Logan Metesh, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The Scene Gateway Miami: VIP Opening Party The Report nft now’s Gateway Miami transformed the Faena Forum into a lush garden featuring an immersive audiovisual gallery of leading digital artists. Jaime Sloane, SPIN, 12 Dec. 2023 Throughout the week, the athletes were introduced to different areas of Fanatics’ portfolio, including collectibles, Fanatics Live, Mitchell & Ness, VIP & Loyalty Programming and more. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 Uber and Lyft are available, although sparingly, and there’s also the option to schedule a ride with a private cab company, like VIP Car Service. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 3 Sep. 2023 Tickets are $52 (lawn), $88 (Silver), $112 (Gold) , $295 (VIP), including reception with emcees and special guests. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History


very important person

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of VIP was in 1933

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Cite this Entry

“VIP.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

plural VIPs -ˈpēz How to pronounce VIP (audio)
: a person of great importance or fame

from very important person

Medical Definition


vasoactive intestinal peptide; vasoactive intestinal polypeptide
Although hypokalemia and acidosis are classically associated with secretion of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) by a neuroendocrine tumor, electrolyte abnormalities occur in other forms of chronic diarrhea.Roger Kapoor et al., The New England Journal of Medicine
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